This artist's concept illustrates the Module Nova concept - Solid C-3 Basis. From 1960 to 1962, the Marshall Space Flight Center considered the Nova launch vehicle as a means to achieve a marned lunar landing with a direct flight to the Moon. Various configurations of the vehicle were examined. The latest configuration was a five-stage vehicle using eight F-1 engines in the first stage. Although the program was canceled after NASA planners selected the lunar/orbital rendezvous mode, the proposed F-1 engine would eventually be used in the Apollo Program to propel the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
Mediatype imageCreator NASA/Marshall Space Flight CenterDate 5/1/1961Year 1961Insightuid nasaNAS~9~9~61556~165403Source http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=1104Rights Public DomainWhat MoonWhat SaturnWhere Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)Identifier MSFC-9801755Addeddate 2009-11-19 00:09:58Publicdate 2009-11-19 00:16:33